Why Alcohol Use Disorder Is Treated Less Than You Think

By Team Monument. Monument is an online platform for those looking to change their relationship with alcohol.

The State of Problematic Drinking

The third-leading preventable cause of death in the country is sitting around your dinner table, lining the walls of your neighborhood grocery store, and in every-other Instagram photo in your feed. Alcohol-related causes kill approximately 88,000 people per year in the United States. That’s 2.5 million years of potential life lost in just 365 days alone. A small slice out of hundreds of years of excessive alcohol use taking lives and livelihoods.

The Treatment Gap

In spite of the progress being made in the health and wellness sector, opening up conversations around mental health and prioritizing physical wellbeing, the prevalence of unhealthy drinking behavior is on the rise. Comparing two nationally representative surveys of over 30,000 U.S. adults between 2001–2002 and 2012–2013, high-risk drinking has increased by nearly 30 percent, and the incidence of AUD has increased by 50 percent.

A New Approach

That’s why we created Monument, a brand new way to get treatment. Available entirely online, Monument is built to help people reach their goals for sobriety or moderation with a combination of video therapy, physician-prescribed medication, and digital community.

Our Promise

Yes, the state of alcohol dependence in the US (and across the globe) is daunting. But we promise not to let the breadth of the problem paralyze us into inaction. We will continue to build the tools to help those looking for support. We will continue to ask and listen to how we can make treatment work for more people. And we won’t stop until we live in a world in which a healthy relationship with alcohol is attainable and celebrated by all.

Disclaimer: Our articles and resources do not constitute clinical or licensed therapy or other health care services. If you need counseling or therapy services please contact a licensed provider. If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

About the Author

Team MonumentMonument is an online platform for those looking to change their relationship with alcohol. We connect members to a free anonymous community, therapist-moderated groups, and a collection of resources to provide the support and information they deserve. Members seeking medical treatment are introduced to a licensed physician and a specialized therapist to develop a personalized treatment plan specific to their goals. Monument is affordable, accessible, and research-based, so a healthy relationship with alcohol is attainable and celebrated by all.
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